Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip served aboard the patrol ship HMS Carlskrona during the Northern Coasts international naval exercises in 2014 (source: dpa)

Disarmed Sweden has few options in face of Russian aggression

Recent polls indicate that more Swedes now want their country to join Nato than those who want it to remain outside the alliance. In the Swedish political landscape, this represents something of an earthquake, upsetting a traditional consensus on non-alignment. And it is the obvious result of mounting pressures from Russia. But Nato membership is likely far off – as is the prospect of revitalising Sweden’s gutted military.

Sensing a growing concern from the population about national security, opposition parties in Sweden have begun changing their traditional hands-off attitude towards Nato. While the Liberal Party has been pro-Nato for years, the Christian Democrats switched their sta...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Swedish defence officials will argue that what is available today is leaner but considerably meaner. This may well be true. The Swedish armed forces have become highly specialised and very high-tech
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